Newly retired school counselor
I retired in January from being a school counselor. After 32 years in the education system I couldn’t wait to get out, not getting up before dawn was a daily fantasy.
I loved my students and the security of my position. I felt needed and important. I had my own life.
I retired as soon as I could so I could (55) to be free to just awaken, have my coffee, relax, exercise (not doing that yet) and enjoy my days however I choose.
Being the only counselor in the building I had a real sense of identity and did very well in that position, constantly talking with and problem solving with students, parents, staff, administration.
My husband, although not retired, has been home much more working much less since virus. We love being together but for me Now that I’ve left it’s a double edge sword.
I love getting up without the alarm and having morning coffee together. I love taking walks with my son at 10AM. I enjoy designing and working on our two year newly bought first home and that’s it.
I’ve been crying, sad, lonely and lost otherwise.
I don’t want suggestions of classes or a new job. it took a lifetime to build that career I don’t have another passion. I'm discovering I do need my own purpose, I miss the respect and consultation AND laughter with my colleagues SOS